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Career resource center goes live

BY HBSDEALER Staff

RetailCareersNow.com, a new Web portal dedicated to helping America’s retailers promote job opportunities and find qualified, career-minded candidates to fill those jobs, has been launched by Lebhar-Friedman, parent company of Home Channel News.

RetailCareersNow.com employs state-of-the-art search technology to match candidates with jobs. A one-time registration allows recruiters and employers to post multiple jobs and track the status of multiple candidates through a secure management account. Services are fee-based and scaled to accommodate a range of budgets and recruiting needs.

“Whether the retail market is up or down, the competition for talent is always high,” said Retail Group publisher Randall Friedman. “Backed by the power of our media brands, RetailCareersNow.com is a highly credible, dynamic and measurable new resource for recruiters and candidates looking for the perfect career match.”

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Arthur Blank named chairman of Golf & Tennis Pro Shop

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Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank has been named chairman of the board for Golf & Tennis Pro Shop, owner and operator of PGA Tour Superstores. The move also marked Blank’s debut on the company’s board of directors.

Blank replaces Golf & Tennis Pro Shop founder Bill Hamlin, who is retiring, according to a statement from the company.

Blank is described as having been a “significant investor” in the company since 2006. He also serves as CEO of the Atlanta Falcons.

“I am honored to be leading the board of this exciting retail concept,” Blank said in a statement. “PGA Tour Superstore has real potential to further solidify its leadership position in the golf and tennis retail segments, by continuing to enhance its business model and through future store growth. I, along with our other board members, look forward to guiding the company in both these areas.”

The company was founded in 2004 and has since grown to 10 superstores nationwide.

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Vermilion Hardware to close after almost 150 years

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After nearly 150 years — 62 in the same family — Vermilion Hardware in Vermilion, Ohio, will be closing its doors before the end of the year, according to the Chronicle-Telegram newspaper.

The store, purchased by Henry and Edna Bailey in 1946, is now being run by their granddaughter, president Denise Fahrney, 34, as well as Fahrney’s father and sister. It is the oldest business in Vermilion.

Andy Grote, one of 10 store employees, said the store will probably close by mid-November.

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